Hey Microsoft—DivX Already Supports H.264 with HTML5 in Firefox

DivX HiQ provides H.264 support for Firefox on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS

We know not everyone sits around thinking about video formats, but at DivX, we do. This means we’re not much fun at parties—but it also means that we’re always working on solutions to offer the ideal playback experience. For example, HTML5 <video> tag support has been a hot topic over the past year. The problem? Internet browsers support different video codecs and containers and there isn’t a consistent standard that works across all of them. The solution? Install DivX HiQ (which is powered by the DivX Plus Web Player) and get consistent video support on every major web browser, including H.264—even on a Mac.

When we launched the DivX HiQ beta program back in early September at IFA, we never imagined that the likes of Microsoft would pay homage to our HTML5 <video> tag solution with an attempt of their own. We think Microsoft’s approach is pretty cool, but their plug-in only works for Windows 7 users, which poses a bit of a problem for more than 80% of computer users on the planet. More…

Merry Movie Madness

Happy Holidays! This time of year brings good tidings, eggnog-fueled cheer and the age-old question of which holiday movie is the best. Some folks are traditional (White Christmas, Miracle on 34th St.), some love the reminders of childhood (Charlie Brown, Grinch) and others are, well, unique (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians) in choosing their favorite.

The time to speculate is done. Let the holiday movie battle royale begin to determine, once and for all, the king of holiday movies.

Click on this link to check out the Merry Movie Madness bracket and vote for your favorites.

We’re also giving away three devices that play DivX video (LG Blu-ray player with DivX TV, PlayStation®3 and a Seagate media player).

Why are you still reading this blog post? Go vote!

From the Grab Bag: “Winnebago Man”

“From the Grab Bag” is written by various members of the DivX team and highlights under-the-radar movies that are available in DivX format.

There are a lot of awesome movies you can purchase and download in DivX format. Do you want to catch up on the Harry Potter films before heading to the theater for the latest adventure? Go for it. Want to get your Iron Man fix? Download away. But what about all those films that don’t have trailers playing during every single commercial break of “Dancing With the Stars”? While browsing around websites such as WB Shop or Film Fresh, I started finding a lot of under-the-radar films that intrigued me.

Last week while perusing Film Fresh, I saw a new documentary titled “Winnebago Man.” My first thought was, “Is this a documentary about THE Winnebago man from youtube?” A quick youtube search yielded this trailer (NSFW language): More…

Get Your Scared On (and Test Your Scary Movie Knowledge)

Department stores are starting to sell Christmas decorations, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner.

There are several ways one can celebrate Halloween. You can carve pumpkins, wear crazy costumes, or beg your neighbors for candy (which APPARENTLY is socially unacceptable at my age…). Our friends at Film Fresh are celebrating the scary season by offering 20% off all movies through midnight on Halloween (Oct. 31). To get the deal, just use the coupon code FFHWEEN2010 during checkout.

This promotion could not have come at a better time, because our favorite DivX Halloween tradition is watching scary movies. So, every day for the next 10 days, we will be recommending a different film that we think would be perfect for this time of year. Each movie can be purchased (sorry, U.S. only*) and downloaded immediately from Film Fresh for playback on your DivX Certified device. This means that you can not only enjoy your scary movie on your computer, but you can play it on your DivX Certified portable DVD player or mobile phone and watch it while camping in a haunted forest or roaming around graveyards at night. (You do that, right?)

Click through the break to see if you can guess our movie recommendations and even win a prize. More…

And There Was Much Rejoicing (DivX TV is Here!)

UPDATE: Check out www.divxtv.com to find more information about DivX TV.

How often does a device get better after you buy it? A couple of days ago, tons of LG Blu-ray players across the U.S. had a free firmware update that gave them access to DivX TV. This means that current (and future) owners of supported LG Blu-ray players now have access to the best Internet shows from a wide variety of genres. Out of the box, DivX TV lets you use your remote to explore shows from all over the web with the ease of flipping channels, without the need for a PC.

In addition to the huge number of existing channels, you can even create personalized channels based on your interests. For example, you can save a search for “bacon” or “unicorns” or “unicorn bacon” and videos relating to these disturbing topics will appear. A video walkthrough as well as a list of supported LG Blu-ray players is posted after the break. More…

DivX, Blender and Dragons….Hell Yes

is a proud sponsor of the Blender Foundation’s latest film, Sintel. We’re continually amazed at what a creative group of talented collaborators can accomplish. Building on the success of Elephant’s Dream and Big Buck Bunny, Sintel takes you on a journey with amazing landscapes, struggles for survival and, yes, dragons. The full video is available for streaming and download after the link. More…

Next Stop: Boston

2010 has been a great year so far. It has given us the World Cup, inception cat, and jeggings are coming back in style. We have also had the opportunity to meet a lot of awesome DivX users during the gdgt live tour. Next week, the tour will continue in Beantown, USA and we will be there with a couple of our favorite DivX Certified Devices. If you live in or around Boston and you love gadgets, you will not want to miss this event.

Did we mention that we will also be giving away Seagate’s new DivX Certified FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player, and a DivX Certified Philips Blu-ray player? We’re pretty sure we just did.

Details after the break. More…

Let the Tablet Wars Begin

Heads up Apple, there’s a newer, smaller (and DivX Certified) tablet in town. Last week Samsung announced their new GALAXY Tab, and the web has been buzzing about it ever since. The tablet boasts a variety of awesome features, but our favorite would have to be that it guarantees DivX playback up to 720p HD (perhaps we are a bit biased). This miniature powerhouse also has a 7-inch touch screen, Flash 10.1, a 1GHz processor, and ships with Android™ 2.2 (froyo).

There has been a plethora (BAM! Scrabble score of 13) of stories and articles, but we decided to pick out a few of our favorites to list below after the break. More…